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[Please read] High caliber artist For Dummies

Journal Entry: Wed Jul 3, 2013, 5:52 PM
You, I and all the people who admire arts made by artists of high caliber ever told once "I wanted to draw as good as he/she". But some words go out of our lips such as "this guy has a natural skills for drawing," or "I try to draw but my drawings are crap. I would love to be born with the gift to draw." I have no natural ability to draw so I have to get the talent through the hard way. I confess that I lost count of how many times I filled my trash with paper by my numerous attempts to get the "perfect drawing" and as a consequence I cursed myself for not having the same skills of Leonardo Da Vinci or Tom Isaksen. I thought a lot about this whole "natural ability versus dedication" thing until I visited a Brazilian site that talked about this subject. I felt like a triumphant dragon after sweeping the floor with a thousand dragon slayers with one fire breath after I read the article. It had all the answers I was looking for. Please, pull up a chair and read the italic text below and you will find out if a good artist is made of natural ability or dedication? (credits belongs to the unknown author of the article).


Gift is talent, vocation or gift is also the name given to artistic skills. Thus, it is claimed that such person has talent for music, or talent for culinary, or even talent to deal with children, for example.

The connotation of talent with human skills has its origin in a biblical scripture (Matthew 25:14-30), where Jesus Christ used the "parable of the talents" to explain to his disciples the importance of being faithful and take care of the obligations issued by God, during his absence. According to the parable, some servants received different amount of gold from their master, each one according to his own talent, and without knowing what would happen, they were called to settle up with him some time later. Those who received larger amounts of talents, worked with them, generating profit. The one who received only one talent, afraid of the severity of his master, preferred to dug a hole in the ground and hid his master's money, only to be reprimanded by him on the day of reckoning. In the "parable of the talents," we get an idea of what God expects us to do here on Earth. We're all given talents, some great and some small--but whether your talent is epic or miniscule, we glorify God when we use it to further his kingdom. God isn't rating His followers based on the number of converts they win over or the number of church pews they fill; He's interested in the passion with which we use whatever gifts he has given us.

Currently, we use the term "gift" to designate the innate abilities of an individual, or a natural ability to perform certain activities. Another meaning of the term is the extraordinary ability that some people have to perform daily activities, to the point of deserving special honor.

Current scholars argue that even considered innate abilities can be developed if there is motivation and the application of appropriate techniques. Thus, any person who is, for example, potentially able to learn music, provided he/she has the will and use the proper techniques to the study of music.


Dedication is the ability to work hard to the achievement of a goal.

Do you know anyone who had advanced in his/her career without working at least twelve hours a day in the early years? Do you know anyone who could make his/her dream come true without sacrificing holidays and Sundays at least a hundred times?

Success is built at night! During the day you do what we all do. But to achieve a different result from everybody else, you have to be special. If you act like everyone else, you will get the same results.

Do not compare yourself to most people because they are not role models. We are equal before God and we have the same DNA template before the science.

If you want to achieve a particular goal, you have to study while the others are having beer and chips. You will have to plan, while the others are watching TV. You will have to work while the others sunbathe by the pool.

Making a dream coming true depends on the dedication. A lot of people expect their dream coming true by magic. But all magics are illusions. The illusion does not move anyone from the place he/she is. Illusion is fuel for losers.

Even then if you want to be an artist!! MOVE YOUR ASS AND WORK HARD BECAUSE EVEN THAT YOU WERE NOT BORN WITH A GIFT IN POTENTIAL, WITH A TRUE DEDICATION ... ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!! And feel free to copy and paste this italic text because more people need this morality boost!!


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Diogo de Sousa Dantas
Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
Current Residence: Rio de Janeiro | Brazil

Favourite genre of music: Anything, except pagode, sertanejo, axé (these 3 races should burn in hell)

Favourite photographer: My father

Favourite style of art: Spacescape, vector art, 3D rendered models

Operating System: [Linux] openSUSE 12.1 (desktop) + [Apple] Mac OSX Mountain Lion (Macbook Pro)

MP3 player of choice: Ipod, Amarok

Wallpaper of choice: Spacescapes, 3D cars, shirtless female (especially non-human)

Favourite cartoon character: Brooklyn (Gargoyles), Ariana & Graeme (Brooklyn´s twin kids from The Gargoyles Saga)

Personal Quote: "If your star doesn´t shine, don´t try to fade out mine"




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Vectortrance Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
Happy birthday!
humanofprey Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much :manhug:
pitkon Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014   Interface Designer
Happy birthday, my friend! :) :cake: :party:
humanofprey Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much :manhug:
pitkon Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014   Interface Designer
You are very welcome :)
HolyCross9 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
Greetings, dear Christian brother.  Have you seen the final page for the Zonoya's revenge lately?  I must say, it's been a long comic that we've all enjoyed.
humanofprey Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, i'm not. I was busy recently. Thanks for telling me :)
HolyCross9 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
You are most welcome. :)
Jakhajay Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
Thanks for the fave :)
humanofprey Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome :smooch:
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